Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Baba Ji's 4th Barsi

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Gursikh Parents: Bhai Partap Singh Ji and Bibi Phool Kaur Ji

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Gursikh Parents

Brahmgyani Sri Maan Sant Gyani Baba Kirpal Singh Ji’s parent’s names were Dhan Bhai Partap Singh Ji and Dhan Bibi Phool Kaur Ji. Mahapursh’s parents were very devoted Sikhs who were blessed to live at the feet of Dhan Guru Ram Das Ji Maharaj’s house in Amritsar.

Every morning Bhai Sahib and Bibi Ji would get up at amritwela and go to Sackhand Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji where they would take a bath in Guru Sahib’s sarowar and wait for the arrival of the king of kings, Akaal Purakh himself Dhan Dhan Satguru Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj to arrive from Sachkhand Sri Akaal Thakt Sahib Ji. They would listen to Guru Sahib’s beautiful bani and after receiving Maharaj’s hukam for the day they would then go to see Sant Gyani Baba Amir Singh Ji at Satto Wali Gali where they would listen to katha which was delivered by Mahapursh.

Brahmgyani Sant Gyani Baba Amir Singh Ji

Only after they had seen Guru Ji and heard his bani followed by explanations would they begin their day to day routine. Bhai Partap Singh Ji and Bibi Phool Kaur Ji had maintained this schedule for many years and within those years had been very blessed as they had listened to Sant Gyani Baba Amir Singh Ji explain the meanings of Guru Ji from the first Ang to the last Ang many times.

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Sunday, November 23, 2008

Guru Gobind Singh Ji's Taksal

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At Guru Ki Kanshi, Takhat Sachkhand Sri Damdama Sahib Ji, Sabo Ki Talwandi Kalgidhar Dasmesh Pita Ji Dhan Dhan Dhan Dhan Dhan Satguru Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj blessed 48 beloved Sikhs with Brahm Gyan. These 48 Sikhs were:

Bhai Mani Singh Ji
Giani Kaan Singh Ji
Giani Binod Singh Ji
Giani Gurbaksh Sinshad
Baba Deep Singh Ji
Bhai Gurbaksh Singh Ji
Giani Dan Singh Ji
Bhai Param Singh Ji
Bhai Dharam Singh Ji
Bhai Shameer Singh Ji
Bhai Daya Singh Ji
Bhai Bhevan Singh Ji
Bhai Piara Singh Ji
Bhai Bir Singh Ji
Bhai Dheer Singh Ji
Bhai Sundar Singh Ji
Bhai Amar Singh Ji
Bhai Tara Singh Ji
Bhai Jagjeevan Singh Ji
Bhai Gopal Singh Ji
Bhai Dhian Singh Ji
Bhai Binshvar Singh Ji
Bhai Hargopal Singh Ji
Bhai Dhanna Singh Ji Kaviraj
Bhai Nand Singh Ji
Bhai Mani Singh Ji
Bhai Rai Singh Ji
Bhai Makhan Singh Ji
Bhai Madan Singh Ji
Bhai Dharam Singh Ji
Bhai Sujan Singh Ji
Bhai Jeevan Singh Ji
Bhai Akal Singh Ji
Bhai Pritpal Singh Ji
Bhai Dyal Singh Ji
Bhai Bakhtavar Singh Ji Sodhi
Bhai Deva Singh Ji
Bhai Meva Singh Ji
Bhai Dhian Singh Ji
Bhai Achal Singh Ji
Bhai Jai Singh Ji
Bhai Bishan Singh Ji
Bhai Bhag Singh Ji
Bhai Vasava Singh Ji
Bhai Ghanea Singh Ji
Bhai Ram Singh Ji
Bhai Trilok Singh Ji
Bhai Maliagar Singh Ji

Maharaj gave hukam to Amar Shaheed Bhai Mani Singh Ji and Amar Shaheed Baba Deep Singh Ji to explain the correct meanings of Gurbani that he had blessed them with at Amritsar and Damdama Sahib respectively thus giving birth to Guru Sahib’s Taksal.

In the past this blog has contained a few stories about the pavitar jeevans of the Brahmgyanis from Baba Deep Singh Ji’s Taksal but not from Bhai Mani Singh Ji’s. The next few posts will focus on their Gursikhi jeevans beginning with Brahmgyani Sant Baba Kirpal Singh Ji’s.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Religious values should be central to life

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“Bhindranwale toured the villages in Punjab exhorting Sikhs to return to the puritanical ways of the Khalsa and enjoined them to bear the Khalsa symbols. He was actively engaged in proselytizing activities. An essential feature of his preaching was that religious values should be central to life. Bhinranwale’s remarkable ability to quote religious texts when delivering sermons enabled him to establish a rapport with his audience. He urged his congregations to undercut the spread of consumerism in family life and abstain from degenerative consumption of drugs and alcohol, the two main vices afflicting rural society in Punjab. Bhindranwale crusade for social reform denounced customs, such as the giving of dowries, and endorsed a simple lifestyle. Bhindranwale rapidly acquired a considerable following.”

Religion and Nationalism in India

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Friday, November 07, 2008

Atam Updesh

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"Why are you so engrossed in worries? Why are you afraid of some one? Who may kill you? The soul is immortal; it neither dies nor takes birth.

The present is here and now, the past is irrecoverable and the future will be good. Don't fret over the past and don't be worried about the future. The present is going on.

Why do you cry? What did you lose? When you were born, what did you bring along, which has been lost? What did you produce which has been perished? It is here that you gained and it is here that you lose. The man comes to; and goes from world, empty handed.

What you own today was not yours yesterday and will not be yours tomorrow. It does not and will not belong to anyone. You consider it your own and rejoice. This happiness of possession leads you to utter grief.

Yours is this world. Start from where you feel to; stay where you desire and wind up where you want to. It has no beginning and no end. You don't fear anyone, but yourself. You are the fright and also the frightened.

Change is the truth of life. What you consider as death is life in reality. In a moment a multi-millionaire is turned pauper. Give up the feeling of possession, great & the mean; differentiation of friend & foe. Then all is yours and you for everyone. Your corporeal being is a product of air, water and fire and it merges into the same leaving behind neither blood nor bones. Still yours existence remains the same. Then ponder over what you are.

Wake up! and become the eternal sons of the Almighty. You are the great and unique manifestation of Nature's power. All the divine powers are possessed by you, like a tree hidden in the seed.

In fact you don't fear anybody; you don't have any worry, suspicion, pain or grief. You are His dear ones. Surrender yourself completely to Him.

Always, remember the "Waheguru" (God) to achieve salvation. Let your life be guided by the saying "Whatever God wills, is good". Be content with the will of God. Remember Him both in pleasure & pain."

Compiled by His Holiness Sant Isher Singh Ji Maharaj

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Thursday, November 06, 2008

Sant Jagjit Singh Ji Herkhowale's meetings with Sant Jarnail Singh Ji Bhindranwale

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My Meeting with Sant Jarnail Singh Ji

Bibi Inderjit Kaur, sister of Baba Jarnail Singh Ji was married to Sardar Amarjit Singh Ji of Kokri Nagar. When Amrit Sanchar was held in Kokri with my inspiration, Sardar Amarjit Singh along with his family and many others took Amrit. At that time Sant Jarnail Singh Ji stayed at his own place. It was through his brother-in-law that Sant Jarnail Singh Ji got to know me. With my guidance, Amarjit Singh abstained from a non-vegetarian diet, and became Amritdhari. He would visit me often and we would have discourse on knowledge. His grandmother Nand Kaur who belonged to Heran village, had taken Amrit from Sant Baba Kartar Singh Ji of Kikri village. He also blessed her ad told her that in her family a Gurmukh would be born who would guide many people to take Amrit.
In 1978 when the Nirankari crisis occurred, Sant Jarnail Singh Ji was preaching around India in his own bus with his followers. He would wear a sky blue ‘chola’ and a black rounded turban.
I was at Sultanpur at that time and stayed in some simple dwellings made in a field of master Gurbachan Singh Ji. While here I would practise 113 rosaries of Mool Mantar, recite the five banis, Asa-di-war, Sukhmani Sahib, and recite God’s name with each breath. I would at all times keep essence sticks and an oil lamp burning when reciting naam. At both times morning and evening, katha would be performed at ‘Guru ka Bagh’. Later on the request of Shiromani Prabhandak Committee’s member Sardar Hajara Singh Ji Badala, Sardar Puran Singh Ji the manager, Puran Singh Ji, and Sardar Piyara Singh, the katha was also commenced as ‘Ber Sahib’. The dwelling where I now keep residence, stands Dehra Herkhowal, Sultanpur. It was made with the instruction of Sant Baba Roshan Singh Ji. With the efforts and seva of Ishar Singh of Meani who was a high official for grain markers in Sultanpur, the dwelling was built by labourers.
The bus of Sant Jarnail Singh Ji happened to be passing through Sultanpur. At that time, a program was arranged by the Sangat and the committee in remembrance of thirteen Singhs who were martyred, and with my guidance Akhand Path and langar were being held at Ber Sahib.

I was informed that Sant was passing through the town and I decided to meet him. Saddled on a motor cycle driven by Sardar Jaimal Singh Ji we chased Mahapursh and stopped his bus. He embraced me as we saw each other after a long time. I requested him to visit Ber Sahib and take langar, but he said he had other plans. Jokingly however, he said to the other, “Since I have heard this Baba is very strict, I will have to listen to him.”

So he visited Ber Sahib briefly and we discussed its greatness, and related the history of Sultanpur to the Sangat. A Saropa was offered to him from the Saadh Sangat and he was praised. He then pointed out to me that I had never invited him and his group to the samagams I held within the area. I told him that whenever he wished to visit he would be welcomed.
The next time we met was at Taran Taran where we arranged to hold an Amrit Sanchar at Sultanpur. Upon that event, Mahapursh would visit Sultanpur each year along with his group. He would stay at Hatt Sahib and we would do katha, kirtan and Amrit Sanchar there, at Ber Sahib or Gurudwara Guru ka Bagh. The Sangat would gather in their thousands. Before him Sant Kartar Singh Ji and Giani Gurbachan Singh Ji used to do katha there. They would say that Sangat would not get together to hear Katha, but not with the Guru’s grace Sangat was visiting in great numbers. I told Sant Jarnail Singh Ji that the land around this area had been barren for a long time and was not cultivated. I explained that this made the people there less welcoming. With the introduction of a tube well, crops were harvested and thus people started settling in more comfort and that is why there was more Sangat visiting those events. Sant Ji however stated that it was actually because of me that people of the area had started showing an interest in Satsang, as he said I had spread gian in that area. He said the earth there was deficient and the people did not believe in God but by lighting gian I had invoked Sikhi within them."

Sant Jagjit Singh Ji - From Society of Saints
Dhan Dhan Sri Maan Sant Baba Jagjit Singh Ji Herkhowale
Dhan Dhan Sri Maan Sant Gyani Baba Jarnail Singh Ji Bhindranwale
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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Prelude to Sant Kartar Singh Ji’s car accident

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Sant Ji was at the Village Malseea. A Singh did benti to Sant Ji that they wanted them to go to Shimla. Sant Ji said that they havn't got hukkam from Sant Giani Gurbachan Singh Ji Khalsa to go to Shimla, but the Singh kept on doing benti to Sant Ji so after a while Sant Ji said to the Singh that they will go to Shimla. Sant Giani Gurbachan Singh Ji Khalsa Bhindranwale once told Sant Giani Kartar Singh Ji Khalsa Bhindranwale that they have got a short life but in their short life they will have to do a lot of work. So when they set of from Village Malseea, they obviously knew what's going to happen, so before they sat in the car, Sant Ji said a pangti which was :

"ndIAw vwh ivCuMinAw mylw sMjogI rwm"

"The Rivers And Streams Which Separate May Sometime Be United Again"

In the car, next to Sant Ji was Bhai Gurmukh Singh Ji Garvai. During the journey Sant Ji got the driver to stop the car and Sant Ji swapped places in the car with Bhai Gurmukh Singh Ji Garvai. When they got to Ludhiana they had a car accident and Sant Ji got badly injured, but Bhai Gurmukh Singh Ji Garvai didn't get any injuries.

The car slipped off the road. Sant Ji then got taken to C.M.C hospital in Ludhiana, on arrival Sant Ji asked some Singh's to go and bring Sant Giani Jarnail Singh Ji Khalsa.

by Hau Apraadhi

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Sikh Freedom

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Saturday, April 05, 2008

The Ikonkaar Blog will be back

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Apologises to everyone for the lack of regular updates over the last few months. I hope that in the near future Guru Sahib will let me return to post a few more sakhis about his beloved Sikhs.

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Ghost requests Akhand Paath

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Written/Told By: Gyani Avtar Singh Ji
Translated/Transcribed By: Guru Nanak Dev Ji Academy

The following story is from Katha by Giani Avtar Singh Ji - Badni Kalan Wale. Giani Avtar Singh Ji is the grandson of Sant Giani Gurbachan Singh Ji Khalsa Bhindranwale. The katha is entitled "Sikhi di Rehit," it can be found on

About 20 years ago, a family in India was blessed to have a Sri Akhand Paath Sahib of Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj at their house. Giani Avtar Singh Ji attended the Sri Akhand Paath Sahib. The Paathi Singhs recited the Paath with complete Maryada.

The reason for the Akhand Paath was that a young man (youth) in the family had recently died. After his death, the soul of the young man was wandering and eventually the soul possessed his brother. After entering into his brother's body, the soul spoke and requested that the family should do a Sri Akhad Paath Sahib for him.

Giani Ji in his katha says that through this sakhi, we will understand the importance of Gurbani and also the importance, need and greatness of the Sikh identity given to us by Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj.

After the soul requested that an Akhand Paath be done for him, the family members went to a few places to seek help in performing the Sri Akhand Paath Sahib. Eventually, the family came to Giani Avtar Singh Ji and asked him for help. They requested full tyaar par tyaar Singhs (always ready, spiritually elevated Khalsa Singhs) to do the seva of the Akhand Paath Sahib.

Giani Avtar Singh Ji discussed this with some Gurmukh Singhs and they agreed, then they began the Akhand Paath seva. Giani Avtar Singh Ji mentions that he was present at the Bhog (completion) of the Sri Akhand Paath Sahib. That day, the brother of the dead young man was present there too. It is assumed in the Katha, that the soul of the dead young man would enter and leave the body of his brother from time to time.

The family then prepared some food for Giani Avtar Singh Ji and the Singhs. The brother of the dead man was sitting there too. Other family members were present. Then suddenly, the brother began to feel dizzy and was unaware of his surroundings, he then closed his eyes. The family knew exactly what was going on. The family told Giani Avtar Singh Ji that the soul of the dead man is entering into his brother's body now.

Giani Ji says that after hearing this, he was carefully paying attention to see if they were just pretending or not. Then, while speaking to the brother who was possessed, Giani Ji asked, "What is your name?"

Then Giani Ji asked, "What was the purpose of you coming back if you had already died?"

Then the soul spoke and said "I wasn't supposed to die yet, I still had some years left in my life. What happened was, I became unconscious after being electrocuted. Then my family members put milk into my mouth (thinking it might help). I had no idea what was going on. Due to my family pouring milk into my body, I died, because after a person is electrocuted, water/liquid should not be given to that person."

Giani Ji continued speaking with the soul, and then an important question was asked, "After dying, where did you go?"

Giani then pauses the story for a moment, mentioning that only the souls who have died can tell us these things (about the after life). People like us who are still living don't have the knowledge on these matters.

Continuing on, Giani Ji mentions that the soul replied, "I was taken to a very bad place, hell."

"They took me there (Jamdoots - Angels of Death) and I was very miserable and grieving in pain, just by being there."

Giani Ji then asks, "How did you get released from there?"

Soul replied, "One day, the head person (Dharam Raja) came there to inspect and see what was going on." Giani Ji then explains, that whatever body the soul was in before death, those same qualities are then carried on to the after life. The soul mentioned, that he was kesdhari (kept uncut hair) before his death.

Soul continues saying, "When the head person saw that I was kesdhari, he ordered that I be taken out of hell. Then the head person asked me if I have ever done Paath (Sikh prayers). I replied that I only used to do Paath of Jap Ji Sahib before my death, but not other Gurbani prayers and I have never let scissors touch my hair. Then the head person told me that because of these 2 things: not cutting your hair and doing Jap Ji Sahib Paath, you will be released from hell. If you hadn't done these good deeds, you would've been in hell for ages, who knows how long!"

The soul continues on saying, "I then remembered the sakhi when Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj was explaining to a Sikh named Bhai Dhana Ji, that if a Sikh who has never cut his hair enters into hell, I will pull him out of hell by the hair on his head."

Giani Ji explains that the soul was freed from hell because he had never cut his hair and also he had done Paath of Sri Jap Ji Sahib. This is what caused the soul to enter his brother's body, in order to relay the message to his family, to request that an Akhand Paath Sahib be done for him.

Gurbani's power is limitless. It helps us here and in the after life. Even souls that have already died are thirsting for Gurbani and its power.

Dhan Dhan SatGuru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj.

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Jathedar Achhar Singh Ji

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Jathedar Achhar Singh jee was born in 1893 and joined army when he was still in his teens. Jathedar jee was known for doing kirtan for hours and never getting tired of it. He never could get enough of it. He used to get up just after midnight and immerse himself in Naam and Gurbani paath.

Jathedar jee got stationed in Burma and there he did great sewa of Panth by constructing many Gurdwaras. Due to his sangat, many came into the fold of Sikhi. In 1917, when he came back to Burma after vacationing in Punjab and doing sangat of gursikhs, he refused to wear his kirpan underneath his shirt. He started wearing it over. The officers knew the saintly life of Jathedar jee and did not say anything to him. Some other Sikh soldiers tried to imitate Jathedar jee but were stopped by their officers saying, “Pehlay tumm Achhar Singh Bann jaayo” (First become like Achhar Singh, then do what you want to do).

After retiring from military job, Jathedar jee was appointed by Shiromini Committee to the position of Granthi of Darbar Sahib, Amritsar.

Jathedar jee did this sewa of Granthi of Darbar Sahib for 22 years. In these years, he performed his duties with utmost diligence. He always stood in the way of anyone doing manmatt. In those days to do darshan of Siri Guru Granth Sahib jee by lifting rumaalay was very popular. Jathedar jee opposed this manmatt and eventually stopped it from happening at Darbar Sahib. To do darshan of Siri Guru Granth Sahib jee, the right thing is to do paath of Siri Guru Granth Sahib jee and not lift up the rumaalay and get physical darshan. Jathedar jee stopped this practice at Darbar Sahib.

Once some gursikhs came and had an Akhand Paath Sahib of Dasam Granth done at Akal Takhat Sahib. This was the first time an Akhand Paath of Dasam Granth was done at Akal Takhat Sahib and no one knew how to approach this issue. Jathedar jee took a very strong stand and opposed the akhand paath of Dasam Granth from Akal Takhat Sahib. He said that our Guru was only Guru Granth Sahib alone. From that time, Dasam Granth akhand paath never happened there.

In 1955, along with Granthi of Darbar Sahib, he was appointed the jathedar of Siri Akal Takhat Sahib. Jathedar jee was a Singh of puraatan style (old style) and had no fear for anyone but Guru Sahib. In 1961, when Sant Fateh Singh, the Akali leader incited Master Tara Singh to break his fast, Jathedar jee called both Sant Fateh Singh and Master Tara Singh for peshi at Siri Akal Takhat Sahib. Master Tara Singh had performed ardaas that he would not eat anything till the Delhi Government yielded to their demand of having a real state of Punjab. When Master jee’s condition became very critical, after many days of fasting, Sant Fateh Singh and the working committee of Akali Dal, passed a resolution and forced Master jee to break his fast of many days.
Jathedar jee gave exemplary tankhah to both leaders and cautioned them against such acts in the future.

In his last days he lived in total contentment. His simple life-style proved that he had led a life free of corruption and sin. He had a simple house with two rooms and he breathed his last there His overall personality was very impressive. He was full of Khalsa spirit to give up his life for chardi kala of Panth.
By Bhai Kulbir Singh Ji
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Monday, January 21, 2008


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Originally uploaded onto the Ikonkaar Blog
Written/Told By: Gyani Sundar Singh Ji
Translated/Transcribed By: The Grace of Waheguru

There were once two boys who both used to visit a statue of Shiv Ji which was near their village. The first boy used to visit Shiv Ji’s statue to pray and seek their blessings whereas the second boy would visit Shiv Ji’s statue to hurl stones at it. Although the first boy used to come earlier in the day the second boy used to spend just as much time with Shiv Ji’s statue. Unlike the first boy the second boy had to come under the cover of darkness as to throw stones at Shiv Ji’s statue was a great sin which would be severely punished if anyone caught the boy in the act.

One day as the first boy was about to set off to visit the statue it started to rain very heavily. The boy looked outside his window and decided to wait until the rain had stopped. As soon as the rain eased up the boy set foot outside but was called back by his mother who told him that diner was ready. The boy thought for a while and then decided that he would go and visit the statue after he had finished eating. When the boy finished eating, he quickly got up and went outside. As he was walking towards the statue his father who was coming back from work caught hold of him and told him to go back to the house as it was now very dark. The boy protested but in the end did what his father asked him to do.

As all this was happening the clouds opened up again and rain began to fall to the earth once more. The second boy who was at home picked up some stones and headed towards the statue. Although the boy could hear his mother he ignored her as he thought that he could eat his food after he had thrown the stones at Shiv Ji’s statue. On the way to the statue the boy met many people who told him to come into their homes so that he wouldn’t get wet and catch a cold. Despite their pleas the boy ignored them and continued on his way.

When he reached Shiv Ji’s statue he started throwing stones in the usual way. The second boy was the only person who visited Shiv Ji’s statue that day.

Shiv Ji pleased with the dedication of the boy took the form of an old man and appeared before him. The old man said, “What do you want from this world son? Is there anything that I can give you?”

The boy looked at the old man and started laughing. He then said, “Can you really give me anything?”

The old man nodded his head. The boy still laughing said, “Ok, give me big horns.”

As soon as the boy said this horns began to grow from his head. When he returned to the village people began to hurl stones at him and eventually after being hit many times he died.

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Thursday, January 10, 2008


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It is with great regret that I announce all the Shaheedi stories on this blog about the sons of Dhan Dhan Satguru Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji Maharaj will be removed till a new host/website is found.

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The true cure

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Originally uploaded onto the Ikonkaar Blog
Told By: Gyani Chataar Singh Ji
Transcribed By: The Grace of Waheguru Ji

Once a beggar, who was inflicted with leprosy heard about the greatness of Dhan Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj and his beloved Sikh, Sant Baba Harnaam Singh Ji. The beggar slowly made his way to where Sant Ji was staying and asked Sant Ji’s students if he could meet Sant Ji. The students took the beggar to Sant Ji. After bowing before the King of this world and the next, Dhan Dhan Satguru Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj the beggar exchanged greetings with Sant Ji. He then said, “Oh Saint of saints, beloved of Guru Nanak, light of Akaal Purakh I have heard of thousands of people being healed by your holy sight. Please be merciful and shower this cripple with your grace.”

Sant Ji looked at the beggar and said, “You are wrong. I am a mere mortal who has no such powers. If you want to be healed then Gurbani and only Gurbani can do this such is the power of the house of Dhan Guru Nanak Dev Ji Maharaj.”

Sant Ji then told his students to take the beggar to the sarovaar and help him take a bath. He then requested them to wrap the beggar in a white sheet and to bring him into Darbar Sahib.

When the beggar was brought back Sant Ji and his students did an ardas before reciting Sri Sukhmani Sahib Ji thirteen times. It took almost 15 hours to complete the thirteen recitations. After the recital was complete Sant Ji did another ardas in front of Dhan Guru Granth Sahib Ji Maharaj. At the conclusion of this ardas Sant Ji himself removed the white sheet, which the beggar was covered in to reveal a completed cured individual.

Sant Ji then said, “Dhan Dhan Satguru Sri Guru Arjan Dev Ji Maharaj’s holy feet have cured you through his bani, Sri Sukhmani Sahib Ji. Contemplate on the name of Akaal Purakh and live a honest and truthful life.”

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Sunday, January 06, 2008

Kauda Raakash and Bhai Mardana Ji

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Once Guru Sahib and Bhai Mardana jee were travelling through a jungle. Bhai Mardana was feeling home-sick and asked Guru Sahib to go home but Guru Sahib asked him to wait a little longer. Bhai Mardana could not wait any longer and insisted on leaving right away. When Bhai Mardana persisted, Guru Sahib told him to go if he wanted to.
Guru Sahib sat there in the thick forest and went in smadhi. On the other hand, Bhai Mardana who was heading home, got trapped in a trap set by a carnivorous human – Kauda Raakash. Kauda Raakash is said to a very cruel person and ate human flesh. He used to kill humans and eat them.
When Kauda Raakash saw Bhai Mardana, he was very happy to see a healthy young man trapped. He tied Bhai Mardana jee’s legs and arms and brought him to his cave. There he had a big pan (karaahee) with oil in it. He used to fry them alive.
Now as Bhai Mardana was trapped, he realized his mistake of not listening to Guru Sahib. He found out that if one does not listen to Guru Sahib, one has to suffer immensely. He now sat there and started calling out to Guru Sahib for help.
Guru Nanak Sahib who was jaani-jaan (all knowing) heard the pleas of Bhai Mardana and reached the spot where Bhai Mardana was tied. He was behind the bushes and saw the frightened face of Bhai Mardana jee. He laughed and whispered, “Kyon Mardaniya, ghar nahi giya?” (So Mardana, why did you not go home). Guru Sahib was joking with Bhai Mardana jee.
Bhai Mardana was thrilled to see Guru Sahib arrive. At the same time he pleaded with Guru jee to forgive him and not joke with him. He begged Guru Sahib to release him. Guru Sahib kept joking with him.
By this time, Kauda Raakash came out and lifted Bhai Mardana jee to throw him in the huge kaRaahee full of boiling oil. Bhai Mardana jee started screaming and pleading to Guru Sahib but Guru Sahib kept quiet and just smiled. Kauda Raakash had not noticed Guru Sahib by this time.
Just as he was about to throw Bhai Mardana jee in the pan, Guru Sahib came out and asked Kauda Rakash to stop. Kauda Rakash was shocked to see someone there and defiantly refused to do so. As he looked at the face of Guru Sahib, he broke inside. Still he kept his composure and tried to threaten Guru Sahib.
Guru Sahib had came to rescue Kauda Raakash from this terribly sinful life he had. He showered Kauda Rakash with his divine grace. Kauda Rakash felt something very strange inside him but still his haume (ego) was not letting him obey an unarmed harmless looking person. He unwillingly threw Bhai Mardana jee in the pan full of hot burning oil.
Bhai Mardana jee screamed but did not feel anything. Kauda Raakash was surprised when he noticed that the oil in the pan was at normal temperature. He immediately knew that it was the work of Guru Nanak Sahib. At this time, he could not resist anymore and dashed at the lotus feet of Guru Sahib.
Guru Sahib did more kirpa and with the touch of Guru Sahib’s feet, Kauda Rakash’s sins washed away and he realized how bad he had been. He begged for Jeevan-daat. He begged before Guru Sahib for mercy.
Guru Sahib knew that Kauda Raakash was feeling genuine remorse. He lifted him up and gave him Amrit Naam. It is written in Janam Saakhis, that Guru Sahib opened all his gupt senses and made him a jyot vigaasi Sikh in one moment. Kauda Raakash had immense kamaayee from previous lives. He was just waiting for Satguru Nanak Dev jee's mohar (seal) on his kamaayee. Guru Sahib blessed Kauda Raakash and instructed him to do parchaar of Sikhi and open a Dharamshala (Gurdwara) in his area.
by: Bhai Kulbir Singh Ji
Waheguru Ji Ka Khalsa Waheguru Ji Ki Fateh